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Michael Buble just barely beats Nickelback on the Billboard 200; Rihanna debuts at No. 3


In its fifth week on the chart, Michael Bublé’s Christmas climbed into the top spot on the Billboard 200, shifting just over 227,000 copies.

Thanks to a Black Friday sales boost, the album increased 37 percent from last week, thereby giving Bublé the best sales week of his career and lifting total sales to 745,000. It should pass 1 million by year’s end. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' roundup: See new videos from Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Anoop Desai, and Daughtry!

If you, like me, are an American Idol junkie and love to follow the careers of former contestants to see who has the grit to make it in a cruel post-Idol world, November has been a fun month.

Not only have Season 10 non-winners Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams, and James Durbin (affectionately referred to as “The Durbs” by EW’s Dalton Ross) all released new music videos, but fellow contestant Paul McDonald recorded a surprisingly un-Twilight duet with his wife Nikki Reed, and older faces like Anoop Desai, Didi Benami, and Chris Daughtry have given us new music as well.

Below, check out Haley and Casey’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” duet, which they recently told me “reminds you of the fireplace,” James Durbin’s fiery video for debut single, “Love Me Bad,” Anoop Desai’s sad but pretty “Want Your Love,” Daughtry’s live concert video of hard-rocking “Renegade,” and a quick preview of  dismissed-too-soon Didi Benami’s new project with singer-songwriter Keaton Simons. READ FULL STORY

Daughtry releases new rock single 'Renegade': What do you think?

Chris Daughtry may sell millions of records, but his band has always taken quite a bit of hate from music fans.

Not only did lead singer Chris Daughtry get his start on the oh-so-mainstream American Idol stage, but his band has tended toward lite, adult-contemporary singles like “Home” and “Life After You,” which have given the group an almost Nickelback-ish stigma.

So perhaps the band’s new song, “Renegade,” which was released today on their official website, is seeking to quiet that criticism. “Don’t you want to feel like a rebel?” Daughtry asks, “A renegade on the run?” The song, a straightforward hard rocker, makes me wonder if that sort of break-free mentality will permeate their new album, which arrives on November 21. Is Daughtry trying to rebel against the decidedly safe sound prescribed to them by the music industry?

Honestly, I hope so. Daughtry’s appealing howl ‘n growl sounds as strong here as it did on Idol, when he sang a different “Renegade,” (by Styx) and it would be nice for the band to step out as a real rock troupe.

Readers, what do you think of the new song?

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Carlos Santana goes to 'Guitar Heaven' with help from Rob Thomas, Chris Daughtry, Nas, and more: Full tracklist revealed

Carlos-SantanaImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotoSince 1999’s megasmash Supernatural, Carlos Santana has mostly stuck with that album’s eclectic, guest-heavy format for his subsequent releases. Now he’s taking the collaborative spirit one step further. On Sept. 21’s Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, the famed guitarist enlisted at least one famous friend to perform on each of 13 covers.

The full line-up for Guitar Heaven was finalized via press release today. You can check it out after the jump. As you’ll see, Santana brought back his “Smooth” pal Rob Thomas for Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” Grungy growlers dominate the rest of the track list, including Chris Cornell on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Scott Weiland on the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” Gavin Rossdale on T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong,” Chris Daughtry on Def Leppard’s “Photograph,” and Scott Stapp on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son.” Then there’s Santana’s take on AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” which will feature rapping from Queensbridge’s own Nas.

Some of those pairings could work quite well. I’d definitely like to hear what Nas can do over those crunchy power chords. Gavin Rossdale going glam sounds intriguing. Anyone who’s heard a Stone Temple Pilots album knows Scott Weiland can do a solid Mick Jagger impression. And Joe Cocker gnashing his way through Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” should be well worth hearing. As for the turgid Scott Stapp attempting Creedence’s protest anthem? Yeah, that one’s an instant skip for me.

But what do you think? Take a look at the full track list for Carlos Santana’s Guitar Heaven after the jump and let us know which of these covers you’d like to hear.


What did we leave off our list of Best Songs by 'American Idol' graduates?

This just in from the Department of American Idol Blasphemy: Earlier today, I posted a gallery of 28 of the best songs ever recorded by the show’s alumni, and my omission of not just one, but two Idol champs, as well as three Idol runners-up, resulted in the launching of many strongly worded emails and Tweets in my general direction. “You included LaKisha Jones but not **a*a *e*a***?” “How could you leave off *a*ha**ne ***hee?” “Where the heck is **be* S****a**?”  some of you demanded to know. And, to my shock, I even managed to offend myself by overlooking season 8’s tragically early evictee Deanna Brown and her bluesy little number “Sometime Ago,” from her recent indie release Traveler. (I’ve tried to make amends by embedding it below.) But hey, that’s how it goes when it comes to the graduates of American Idol U: There are former contestants out there making a whole lotta music, and when a definitive list of some sort or other gets compiled, there are gonna be inadvertent (and, yes, overt) omissions. Click here to check out our randomly ordered playlist, then head on down to the comments section below to tell us which songs and artists you think should’ve made the cut. (Yelling at your humble listmaker is both allowed and encouraged, as long as you follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!)

Kris Allen on songwriting collaborators, video concepts, and nasty rumors about his debut disc

Kris-allen-Idol-photo_lAmerican Idol‘s eighth season may have ended almost five months ago, but the workload hasn’t slowed a bit for reigning champion Kris Allen. With his debut album slated to drop Nov. 17, the Arkansas native spent his “days off” from the Idols Live summer tour logging studio time with a bevvy of A-list songwriters and producers, and the pace of recording has only intensified since the tour concluded in mid-September.

We caught up by phone with Kris yesterday afternoon to talk about his competitive release date (against John Mayer, Shakira, and Leona Lewis), his recent trip to London, and those nasty rumors that his label is concerned about the quality of his material to date.

Let’s talk album scoop: Any new collaborators you haven’t announced or Tweeted about?
I worked with Kevin Rudolf the last couple days. Me and Joe King [from The Fray] are getting back together and working on some stuff we already had written, which will be really cool. And I’m working with his producer [Mike Flynn] on that song, as well as one other track.

There was some buzz in the blogosphere late last month saying that aside from your single, “Live Like We’re Dying,” that the rest of your album was “a mess.” I’ve heard four tracks so far, so I know that’s not true, but would you like to address those rumors yourself?
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Daughtry tops the albums chart, outsells Michael Jackson

Chris-Daughtry-Leave_lFor the past three weeks in a row, Michael Jackson’s Number Ones has been the biggest-selling album in the country. Each time, it’s been disqualified from Billboard‘s flagship Billboard 200 chart, along with all Jackson’s other releases, due to its age.

That unusual run of asterisked Billboard 200 chart-toppers is now over. Which artist put an end to Jackson’s posthumous flummoxing of the Billboard rules, you ask? The answer is Daughtry, whose Leave This Town bows atop the chart with a very nice 269,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

That’s actually a bit of a drop-off from the 304,000 that the first album from American Idol alum Chris Daughtry’s band sold when it hit shelves in 2006, but it’s more than anyone else could muster in this sales frame — yes, even Michael.

And so for the first time in a month, the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 is actually the No. 1 selling album in the U.S., no tricks, no fooling. (Number Ones, meanwhile, sold another 192,000 this week, landing it handily at No. 2 on the Top Comprehensive Albums chart, which counts catalog albums alongside new ones. So don’t think that MJ’s sales have dried up just yet.)

Other Billboard 200 debuts this week came from the Dead Weather’s Horehound at No. 6, demonstrating that at least 51,000 devotees can be counted on to buy any side project Jack White dreams up; R&B singer Joe, who shows up at No. 7 after signing over 49,000 units of his Signature; Twista, who fast-talked his way into 45,000 sales and a No. 8 bow; and Christian power-pop teens pureNRG, who squeak in at No. 20 with 22,000 copies sold.

What do you think about Daughtry’s big week? Any albums you’d have liked to see place higher (or lower)? Have at it in the comments section below!

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Hear Daughtry (or just some dude) play their new single

Can’t wait for Daughtry to perform new single "No Surprise" on American Idol tonight? Then you can now listen to it on the band’s website. Can’t listen to the track because the website is attracting too much traffic (as was the case when I tried)? Then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t check out the cover below by, well, some dude called Tom Clark. Actually, I suspect Chris Daughtry could probably come up with a thousand reasons why you should hear his band’s version first. But Mr Clark’s take does seem to give you the general gist of the track, and goodness knows he gets extra points for the speed with which he learned the song.

So what do you think of "No Surprise"? And does anyone prefer Tom’s version?

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Daughtry to debut 'No Surprise' on next Wednesday's 'Idol'

Prepare yourselves: Daughtry, the modern-rock band fronted by American Idol alum and all-around nice guy Chris Daughtry, will perform a brand-new single called "No Surprise" on next Wednesday’s episode of the show that made their singer famous. "No Surprise," which does not appear to be a Radiohead cover (probably ultimately a good thing), will appear on Daughtry’s as-yet-untitled second album, due July 14. Anyone looking forward to hearing the first official follow-up to Daughtry’s megasmash 2006 debut?

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